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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
206 654 3100
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Ranked #65 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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british columbia
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Yes, this is a small museum, but the whole point is, it is not going for breadth or depth, it is simply a collection of Asian art. Being Chinese myself, I always appreciate seeing Chinese art without having to go to China or major North American art museums. Just because the collection is small, you could spend as much time... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Top of the hill in Volunteer Park. Small, but contains, what is supposedly the best collection of Asian stone art in USA. Some of them are a sight to appreciate. Because it's a small museum, you can get done in less than 1/2 hour. There are some ancient ivory and jade carvings that are outstanding. The tickets are free if... More

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The Valley Below
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9 reviews 9 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Really beautiful examples of sculpture, woodblock prints, paintings, textiles, calligraphy, alongside bronze, glass, porcelain, enamel, ceramic and carved jade decorative objects, dishware, and other vessels. They have pieces dating back more than 2000 years, up through modern pieces from contemporary artists -- collections from India, China, Japan, Korea. The admission is only $7 for adults -- save your ticket stub... More

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Seattle, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Discovered this museum walking back the 15th after i visit Bruce Lee's Grave. It is located on the west lane of Volunteer Park. The pieces exposed are wonderful. There is a perfect chinese galery and a wonderful indian exposition. I expected to see more japanese pieces, but it's wonderful as well. There isn't so many korean pieces and lack other... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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116 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

SAAM boasts an an amazing collection of Chinese pottery from the Han, Ming, and Soong epochs among others, fine sculpture, beautiful examples of Chinese calligraphy, and many other forms of Asian *especially Chinese) art, including jade pieces. I go there each time I am in Seattle, and it never disappoints or seems stale. I strongly recommend a visit for an... More

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Chadds Ford
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Seattle Asian Art houses the city's best musem, one of the premier collections of Asian arts in the US. Top Chinese, Japanese, and Korean works from the best periods and in a variety of media. Fine informative new installation of 18/19th century Japanese prints. Sadly, some of the collections are in storage or have been appropriated for SAM downtown.... More

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Scarsdale, New York
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

While walking through Volunteer Park we came across the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Since the weather was threatening, we went inside and were surprised that it was a pretty expensive ticket to see what turned out to be a very limited exhibition space. Most of the rooms were closed off, but the gift shop had some pretty items. Some of... More

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Jamaica, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

It's a lovely building in a very nice park. There are some beautiful art objects inside. However, the collection was quite small. This may have been especially so since one wing was being renovated. There may be a lot more to see once the new wing opens. I suggest you call before you go and check on whether the renovation... More

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santa barbara, ca
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140 reviews 140 reviews
11 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Bussed from downtown on the #10 to Capitoline Hill where this museum is located in the center of Volunteer Park, a lovely setting in itself. Small and easy to visit in 1-1 1/2 hours, the collection is well marked, interesting and top quality. Worth the journey!

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Toronto, Canada
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The SAAM, associated with the Seattle Art Museum, has a fine though relatively small collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art, as well as works from South Asia. Half of the museum was closed, however, presumably because a new show is being prepared. This was a bit disappointing, though what we did see was of high quality.

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